Classical Civilisation is the study of Greek and Roman culture in translation. There is no linguistic element, but the subject affords a greater breadth of scope than is possible in the study of Latin and Greek. The study of the Classical world is therefore open to linguists and non-linguists alike.
Classical Civilisation to GCSE
The Year 9 course introduces pupils to the ancient world via a variety of perspectives: the relationship the Greeks had with their gods; the stories they told of their heroes, and why they told them; the wars that shook the Ancient Greek World; and how the personal lives of the Roman emperors affected the people they ruled. The intention is that a boy's knowledge of the ancient world will inform his understanding of the modern. The subject is a popular choice at GCSE level; here, pupils follow the OCR syllabus, and study material on the topics of Athens, Pompeii, Ovid’s Epic poem ‘the Metamorphoses’, and Sophocles’ Antigone.
Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form - the course
Classes are made up of students with varying degrees of experience of the ancient world, ranging from none at all, if they have joined us from another school, to several years' study of one or more classical subjects; this variety is a strength, and the conscientious student who comes to the subject for the first time at A Level will not find himself at a disadvantage.
Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form - the material
A wide range of material is studied over the two-year course. While most of it is literary (Greek Tragedy, Epic Poetry), students are encouraged to analyse the texts, not only as pieces of literature, but also as historical sources; and, in the second year of the course, Greek art and architecture is studied as a module option, allowing students to comment on non-literary material.